International Trade

  • September 5, 2017

    Pin Anchor Importer Challenges Chinese Nail Duty At CIT

    A Michigan-based importer of strike pin anchors from China has filed a complaint with the U.S. Court of International Trade protesting a Commerce Department decision last month that the product is subject to anti-dumping duties on certain steel nails from the country.

  • September 5, 2017

    WTO Grounds EU Case Against Boeing Subsidies

    The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body on Monday struck down the European Union’s lone victory in a multipronged case against a series of Washington state tax breaks given to Boeing, granting the U.S. a complete victory in the latest chapter of the two governments’ sprawling aircraft trade battle.

  • September 5, 2017

    'Not Enough Progress' From UK On Brexit Talks, MEPs Told

    Members of the European Parliament are worried about the U.K.’s position on paying the bill for leaving the European Union, a rapidly emerging obstacle to progress in Brexit negotiations, the Parliament said on Tuesday.

  • September 1, 2017

    Venezuela Sanctions Boost Legal Risks For Energy Cos.

    While tighter U.S. sanctions recently imposed on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's regime largely spare the country's oil and gas sector, experts caution that new restrictions on Venezuelan debt deals could jeopardize ongoing development agreements between foreign energy companies and Venezuela and ultimately force them into litigation.

  • September 1, 2017

    Chiquita Plaintiffs Can't Get Evidence From Colombia Probes

    A Florida federal judge denied a request Friday to collect information regarding ongoing war crimes trials in Colombia, ruling the request from families of people murdered by right-wing Colombian paramilitaries was overbroad and not crucial to their lawsuit against Chiquita.

  • September 1, 2017

    Man Arrested In Fake Nikes, UGGs Smuggling Scheme

    A former Queens, New York, resident has been charged with facilitating a scheme to import millions of dollars’ worth of fake Nike sneakers, UGG boots and other counterfeit goods from China, according to a complaint unsealed in federal court on Friday.

  • September 1, 2017

    State Dept. Approved $50B In Defense Exports In 2016

    The U.S. Department of State on Friday issued its annual report listing approved exports of U.S. defense items and services, noting it had approved nearly $50 billion worth of deals in 2016.

  • September 1, 2017

    CIT Raps Commerce For Agilent Duty Ruling

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday faulted the U.S. Department of Commerce for applying duties to a key component used in Agilent Technologies Inc.’s mass spectrometers, ruling that the agency ignored evidence that could have exempted the products from the tariffs.

  • September 1, 2017

    ITC To Investigate Dumping Of Canadian Groundwood Paper

    The International Trade Commission announced on Friday that it is kicking off an investigation into imports of uncoated groundwood paper from Canada that are alleged to be sold in the U.S. at less than fair value.

  • September 1, 2017

    EU Appeals WTO's Report On Pakistani Polymer Duties

    The European Union has lodged an appeal regarding issues the World Trade Organization took with countervailing duties the trading bloc placed on imports from Pakistan of a chemical polymer used in plastic food and beverage containers, arguing the WTO shouldn’t have reviewed duties that are no longer in place.

  • September 1, 2017

    Azevedo Challenges WTO Members To Break New Ground

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo on Friday stressed the need for members to reach agreement on an ambitious set of issues at their upcoming ministerial conference, putting pressure on leading governments to fully commit to trade liberalization.

  • September 1, 2017

    UK Brexit Negotiator Brushes Off EU Trade Talks Criticism

    The United Kingdom’s chief Brexit negotiator said Friday that he was optimistic about free and open trade agreements that avoid protectionist measures following the country’s exit from the European Union, a show of confidence in the face of criticism from his EU counterpart that the U.K.'s expectations are "impossible."

  • August 31, 2017

    Chinese Man Gets 3 Years In Carbon Fiber Smuggling Sting

    A Chinese national who pled guilty to trying to acquire and illegally export to China high-grade carbon fiber was sentenced on Thursday to three years in prison by a New York federal judge, who decided the defendant should get a 10-month “discount” from the guidelines because of his mental health condition.

  • August 31, 2017

    Arbitration Opt-In Could Let NAFTA States Skirt Hang-Ups

    A proposal reportedly being floated by the U.S. that would allow North American Free Trade Agreement countries to choose whether to opt in to its investor-state arbitration provision could present a quick fix to a political conundrum, but the likelihood of Canada and Mexico agreeing to it remains unclear.

  • August 31, 2017

    WTO Dispute Roundup: US Can't Break Appellate Logjam

    In Law360’s latest look at the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body, the U.S. punts on moving to resolve the current impasse over vacant Appellate Body seats while disputes over aircraft subsidies and agricultural quotas hit early roadblocks.

  • August 31, 2017

    ITC To Probe Microfluidic Chip Imports Accused Of Infringing

    The International Trade Commission launched an investigation Wednesday into importation of microfluidic chips with genetic sequencing applications that allegedly infringe a series of patents held by life sciences and diagnostics research company Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.

  • August 31, 2017

    CIT Says Steel Duties Don't Apply To Mexico Tube Maker

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has overturned a Commerce Department finding that mechanical tubing sent to the U.S. by a Mexican producer was subject to steel pipe anti-dumping duties, determining Wednesday the agency improperly expanded the scope of an exclusion that otherwise would have disqualified the product from tariffs.

  • August 31, 2017

    Britain's Attempts To Keep Single Market Benefits Dismissed

    The chief Brexit negotiator for the European Union said on Thursday that the U.K.’s expectations on how it will interact with the single market after it withdraws from the EU are “impossible,” as the latest round of divorce talks wrapped up.

  • August 30, 2017

    Dems Ask SEC Chair To Enforce Conflict Minerals Rule

    Two high-ranking Democratic lawmakers urged U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton to have his agency "clarify immediately" that it will be enforcing its conflict minerals rule.

  • August 30, 2017

    Amarin Calls For ITC Investigation Of Omega-3 Supplements

    Amarin Pharma Inc. asked the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate more than a dozen drug producers worldwide that it accused of falsely labeling their allegedly unapproved new drugs containing synthetically produced omega-3 acids as “dietary supplements.”

Expert Analysis

  • Revisiting Preclusion Principles In Derivative Actions

    Jonathan Richman

    The Delaware chancellor’s recent proposal to revise the law on preclusion in shareholder derivative actions, if adopted by the Delaware Supreme Court, could increase the difficulty of obtaining dismissal of subsequent derivative actions. It could also influence all parties’ strategic decisions, says Jonathan Richman, co-head of the securities litigation group at Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Opinion

    Made In America, But Not 'Made In The USA'?

    Yohai Baisburd

    It would not be fake news to report that the federal government and purchasers in other countries can "Buy American" even if the product cannot be labeled as "Made in the USA" for purposes of sale in the United States, says Yohai Baisburd of Dentons.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Some Needed Certainty On Administrative Expense Status

    Mark Sherrill

    Debtors in bankruptcy have often used the ambiguity surrounding the meaning of the word “received” as a tool to fight against administrative expense claims. Earlier this month, the Third Circuit issued an opinion in the case of World Imports that will likely be highly influential on this matter, says Mark Sherrill of Eversheds Sutherland.

  • A Fed. Circ. Failure And The Constitutionality Of IPR

    Joseph Kovarik

    The constitutionality of inter partes review and patent proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission now hangs in the balance at the U.S. Supreme Court. The grant of certiorari in Oil States makes the Federal Circuit’s seeming inattention to Cascades Projection v. Epson even more curious, say Joseph Kovarik and Tyler Boschert of Sheridan Ross PC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • Insurance Can Protect Businesses From Geopolitical Risks

    Rukesh Korde

    Political and nonpayment risks have the potential to wreak havoc on international trade and investment, but if carefully navigated, they can lead to major investment opportunities. Political risk and export policies remove some of the guesswork, enabling companies to focus on their businesses with increased confidence, say attorneys with Covington & Burling LLP.